October 2008

OCDP breakfast

I went to the Orange County Democratic Party legislative breakfast this morning. I did a play-by-play with Twitter and recorded a fair amount of audio with my phone.



barack obama, octoberfest

A fun-filled afternoon featuring beer, festive food, live music and a raffle. The first keg of PBR and appetizers are included with your $10 minimum donation.

Bands will include Monument Club (Indie rock covers), The Saxapahaw Social Club (Rockabilly), The Tim Stambaugh Band (Bluegrass), and The Marla Vickers Band (Alt-Country).

Sunday, October 19. 2:00-5:00 PM. At The Station at Southern Rail, in Carrboro across the parking lot from Weaver Street Market.

RSVP and donate here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gs5pk4


Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 10:00am to 1:00pm


The Station at Southern Rail

The replacements

(I almost called this post "Who's filling the gap, II.")  With the tragic death of Chapel Hill Town Council Member Bill Thorpe and the certain election of Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board Member Pam Hemminger to the County Commissioners, both bodies will be selecting replacements to fill those seats in the coming months.

Commissioners Work Session Oct. 14 on proposed Comprehensive Plan

The County Commissioners will provide its comments to staff on the draft Comprehensive Plan. The public is welcome to attend to hear Board comments and discussions. Limited seating is available. An agenda for this meeting is posted on the County’s main website at: http://www.co.orange.nc.us/OCCLERKS/081014.htm

The County Commissioners are expected to consider Plan adoption in November. Additional notice will be forthcoming.

Board of County Commissioners Work Session
7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Link Government Services Center
200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough

for more detail, see http://www.co.orange.nc.us/planning/compre_cpupdate.asp

Global Education Building Green Roof Tour

Via an email to UNC Sustainability Listserve:

Representatives from UNC Grounds, Facilities Planning, Energy Services, and Environment, Health and Safety will be on hand to describe the system and answer any questions you may have.  Come learn about all aspects of this project, everything from what it took to make the project happen to the routine maintenance requirements.  And if that isn't enough, we will also be providing FREE FOOD!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 8:00am to 10:00am


Global Education Building, Fourth Floor

Debate for U.S. Rep. from the 4th District

In the upcoming election, for Progressives, is BJ Lawson an alternative to Representative David Price?  BJ Lawson is running as a Republican and his winning the NC 4th Congressional District could contribute to Democrats losing control of the House.  Does BJ Lawson believe that there is no role for government in regulating the financial system or industry?

On the other hand, how in the world could the question of a Republican possibly having a chance against an incumbent Democrat of our District be possible?  Could it be related to Representative David Price taking for granted the security of his position to the point of believing that voting for the Wall Street Bail-out twice, US Patriot Act, funding the war for many years (he has recently discontinued this, thanks!), sanctioning the most recent Israeli bombardment of Lebanon, voting in favor of the Bankrupcy law, not being against the bio-defense lab of Butner, etc ... not have any repercussions?

BE AN INFORMED VOTER: Come out and find out how these candidates compare with one another TODAY!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 2:15pm to 4:00pm



Down-Ballot '08

I am sure you have all sorted out the Presidential race already, but there are lots of other races on the ballot this year.  About half of them are partisan (ie Dems vs. Reps), but quite a few are not.  Let's take a look at the non-partisan races...

Thorp Interview on the Jetport

I was struck by the circular logic displayed by UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp in his Chapel Hill News interview. To me, (and I admit having researched the issue and made my mind up about it) the notion of taking land by eminent domain, tearing up the countryside and spending 40-50 million of my tax money is just not justified by a dodgy economic "working paper" and Thorp saying "It's better for us to have a regional airport".

CHN: If RDU was acceptable then and it's acceptable in the interim, what difference does it make whether you take 35 minutes to get to an airport or 25 minutes to get to an airport.

Thorp: Because we can develop our own operations.

County Commissioners Transfer Station Siting Work Session

Via e-mail notice from Orange County:

The agenda for the Orange County Board of Commissioners' Transfer Station Siting Work Session on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. has been posted to the link below.
This is a large PDF file (23 MB) with 10 maps and make take some time to download.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 1:30pm

Who turned out the lights?

There appears to be a major power outage affecting at least 2,500 Duke Power customers in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and at UNC. Duke says they don't know what the cause is, but they hope to have everything restored bt 4 pm today.

I got most of the above from http://twitter.com/dailytarheel. Follow that and http://twitter.com/orangepolitics for updates. I'm posting from my phone so tweeting is a lot easier than commenting.



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